SFTS_Medallions_DIGITAL-USE-ONLY_8.24.2014Which steps does the Aruba International Regatta undertake towards a Sustainable and Clean Regatta?

We REDUCE the amount of material being used,

We RE-USE as much as possible,

And RECYCLE. When there is no other alternative we use materials that can be recycled.

 

How?

We are going to reduce the amount of plastics being used and no Styrofoam will be used. The regatta organization will opt for drinks in cans instead of drinks in plastic bottles. (Glass is not allowed on the beach). At the “Watering-station” free chilled water will be available for people who bring their own refillable bottle.  At the end of the Regatta we will count how many plastic bottles we didn’t use during the weekend. Where cups are being used (coffee or cold drinks) they are made of recyclable material. If possible they will be used several times before discarding. They can be rinsed next to the watering-station. The regatta organization will provide bio-degradable soap at the rinsing station.

The food-containers for the lunches are made of recyclable material. No plastic utensils will be used.

We will reduce the amount of paper being used. There won’t be an information booklet anymore. All information can be found on-line or on the noticeboard and screen on the site. Only the registration-form and the sailing instructions will be on paper. The paper being used is made of 100% recycled paper.

At the regatta-site on different locations there will be garbage bins to separate waste. They will be labelled “cans” / “plastics” / “decompostables” (food-scraps). When the weekend is over the contents will be brought to different locations to be reused / recycled.

The signaling-horns are manually operated or by air-pressure and can be re-used year after year. Re-usable shopping bags will be used. Signage, not made of plastics, is produced in such a way that it can be re-used next year. The awards are made of recycled and / or re-used materials.

Please take notice of Rule 55 of the ISAF regulations which states: “A competitor shall not intentionally put trash in the water”. No discharge from boats will be allowed. Boats will be discouraged to scrub their hulls to prevent anti-fouling polluting the water. At the end of the day please only rinse your boat with water, don’t use soap (or only use the bio-degradable kind).

The regatta has introduced a Green Team consisting of Joost Horward, Anita Aerts, Eric Mijts. If you have any questions or need information about our Sustainability project you can contact them or visit the information stand on the site.

At the end of the event we will do an extra clean-up to assure the beach is left as beautiful as it was, and maybe even cleaner.

Enjoy the Regatta!

(and leave no trace)